Agricultural Burning & Research Task Force

We lead a task force called the Agricultural Burning and Research Task Force that is comprised of a broad array of interest groups. The task force develops best practices for reducing air pollution from agricultural burning. They meet regularly to develop the practices by identifying and funding research projects. The group also determines the appropriate level for Ecology's agricultural burning air permit fees.

Task force members

The Agricultural Burning and Research Task Force is chaired by an Ecology representative and consists of many different interest groups including:

The task force was established by the Washington State Clean Air Act with the goal of reducing air pollution from agricultural burning.

Members of the task force are:

Representative Organization Seat
Dave Knight Ecology Chair
Julie Oliver Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency Local air
Mike Buckley Alfalfa Seed Growers Agricultural community
Jay Penner Washington Association of Wheat Growers Agricultural community
Dan McCarthy Okanogan Horticulture Association Agricultural community
Bill Johnston Washington State University Crop & Soil Science Universities or colleges
Michael Bush Washington State University Cooperative Extension Universities or colleges
Scott Steinbacher Washington Department of Agriculture Agriculture agency
Troy Henderson Whitman County Public Health Public health
Larry Cochran Washington Conservation Commission Conservation district

Meeting information

The next meeting will be from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Jun. 5, 2019, at:

Starbuck, Washington
at a location to be determined

Review task force meeting summaries and research projects.